Writing from the time honoured capital of Africa, Addis Ababa, Alieu Bah brings home the need for a balanced view of the continent. Not one locked in exotic discourse or Job like lamentation but one that is at once righteous and striving.
The 25th of May commemorates the liberation of African countries and facilitates discussions key to our collective material survival, our continued albeit precarious independence, and our advancement. This year Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity declares May 23rd to 29th as African Liberation Week.
Walter Rodney’s seminal book ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’, first published in 1972, has recently been republished with a new introduction by Angela Y Davis, which is republished here.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of prominent Guyanese pan-Africanist and Marxist revolutionary Walter Rodney, and fifty years since he published the magisterial magnum opus How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Here’s our selected 10 quotes from Rodney’s seminal book.
The party of socialist Black Consciousness has fresh leaders and a pact with the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania to begin working on the local level to create a viable and radical Left.
On March 23 in 1942, Guyanese historian and Pan-African Marxist revolutionary Dr. Walter Rodney was born, he would have turned 80 this year. Rodney was assassinated in 1980. His image, voice, and canonical works will continue to be a testament and witness to the yearning of the human condition for freedom and redemption.
“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.” His ghost rewrote hip hop from Queensbridge projects and came through for Africa. Nas’ “Ultra Black” is the most commercially successful Pan-Africanist artist’s white paper on Black power, a rapier-like abstract of Nas’ sprawling political thought.
You can arrest activists, but you cannot arrest the truth: In June 2021, three activists – Rob Callender, Daisy Pearson and Ben Wheeler, also known as the Westminster Three – were charged with criminal trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Policing Act (2005) before a London court. Seven months earlier, on a cold November morning, they had peacefully climbed up the scaffolding on the corner of the UK Houses of Parliament to hang a ten-metre tall letter written by Africans to the people of the United Kingdom. It was a courageous effort to amplify voices from the Global South.
Decolonised African education is urgent but has slipped off the agenda, participants heard at a recent symposium. The bigger question: What does it look like?